PokerNews Exclusief: Interview met Isildur1 over zijn $4 miljoen verlies tegen Brian Hastings
Hij was maandenlang onderwerp van gesprek als het ging over de highstakes cashgames op Full Tilt Poker. Niemand weet wie hij is, maar gisteren gaf Isildur1 een exclusief interview aan PokerNews over de schorsing van Brian Townsend en zijn verlies van ruim vier miljoen dollar tegen Brian Hastings.
Zo'n twee weken geleden won Hastings in één sessie maar liefst $4 miljoen van Isildur1. Townsend schreef echter een blog over de sessies tegen Isildur1 en zei daarin dat hij samen met Hastings en Cole South handen had besproken en uitgewisseld over de "mystery man". Dit lijkt op colluding en daarom is er sprake van een overtreding van de Full Tilt Poker Terms of Service.
Via een zoektocht kwam PokerNews in contact met Isildur1, die ondanks alles toch zijn identiteit verborgen houdt. Hij zal dit ook in de nabije toekomst blijven doen, omdat hij anoniem wilt blijven. Hij beloofde wel meer tijd voor PokerNews later deze week om te vertellen over zijn avontuur op de highstakes cashgames. Hieronder kun je het interview lezen wat Matthew Parvis op dinsdag met Isildur1 had:
There has been a lot of controversy regarding your match versus Brian Hastings. Were you aware before reading it on ESPN that Hastings had been able to study hand histories from matches you had played with others?
I had no clue about this, as I don't follow the forums or many poker sites. I had no idea. A few poker friends told me about it, and then I finally decided to see for myself and read it on the site.
Had you played Brian Hastings prior to the $4 million session?
I had played him before at no-limit hold'em, as well as a little pot-limit Omaha, so this was not the first time we played together; however, we also did not play very much.
We're sure you've thought back on the losing session quite a bit. Was there anything that was strange about the session when you look back?
In the days leading up to the session with Hastings, I played with Brian Townsend and Cole South a lot. They were always waiting for me. The last session where Hastings won all the money, it just felt like something was wrong. Everything that could go wrong for me did. Every time I tried to pull off a bluff of some kind, it felt as if it was being picked off. At the time, I just thought it was crazy luck, but now, knowing they shared a lot of their analysis of hand histories with each other, it makes a lot more sense. I feel like Hastings, and even South and Townsend when we played the last few times, had an advantage over me.
Since the session, have you had any conversations with Brian Hastings?
Have you reached out to Full Tilt Poker at all?
Not at this time, no I have not.
Were you aware of the Full Tilt rule that states: "The use of shared hand histories provides detailed information on opponents a player has little or no personal experience playing against, and is deemed to be an unfair advantage. Violating this policy is subject to the maximum penalties for prohibited software use?"
I was not aware of the exact rule that you just mentioned, but since seeing that it is in fact a rule at Full Tilt Poker, I think I am going to put through a formal complaint, as I think this is a case where the sharing of hand histories directly affected the match I played with Brian [Hastings].
Now that Brian Townsend has come out in his blog and admitted to compiling a database of about 50,000 hands he and others played against you to analyze your play, do you feel like you deserve to get a portion or all of your money back from the session?
Yes, I do feel like I deserve to get something back. I feel that Hastings had a big edge over me due to the hand history database. They were able to dissect the exact way I was playing because they analyzed the hands so precisely, and it was impossible for me to adjust, as I had no idea they were doing it.
Even though this information is not out there, since they admitted to sharing hand histories, how can I be sure that all three of them did not have input on the hands while we were playing?
Have you ever discussed hand histories with friends, or peers about any of the players you played in the big games on Full Tilt, or against any opponent for that matter?
I have never in my life studied hand histories. I have never studied books, or watched videos. I always have just played poker and played with every player who wanted to play me. To be honest, I never even studied my own hand histories.
What's next for Isildur1? Do you plan on getting back into the action?
Well, honestly I am going to stay quiet for a while now. I am planning on putting in the request to Full Tilt to look into this further, and until I hear back, I don't plan on playing much poker on the site.
Thank you Isildur1, we look forward to talking with your more in the coming days about some of your experiences playing in the biggest online poker games in the world.
Er zal de komende dagen meer informatie over het onderwerp naar buiten komen en het proces van het interview met Isildur1 valt te lezen op de blog van Matthew Parvis.